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As you are volunteering, you’ll be serving the children of Peru. This can mean doing construction work on a school building itself or teaching students or teachers or helping with a nutrition program by measuring kids and noting other health indicators. Since Urban Systems staff have specialized knowledge, this could result in you putting those skills to use designing a school area like a classroom, playground or garden water system. Additionally, some volunteers will interview school kids, take their photos and capture their life stories to share with other Urban Systems staff.
IFEJANT chooses the projects depending on the most current need of the community.
The barrios of Lima, Peru’s capital city, are a difficult place to grow up, especially when you have to walk long distances to get to school. DWC volunteers in Peru work with Peruvian partner IFEJANT to build schools that will help children improve their futures.
Education is one of the most important things that a child can have. DWC’s in-country partner, IFEJANT, recognizes this and strives to improve education opportunities along with human rights in and around Lima. IFEJANT is a non-profit organization that serves as a leader and supporter of an organized network of grassroots organizations serving women and working children.
DWC and IFEJANT have had a long relationship working together to build better options for the children of the barrios. Teams of volunteers in Peru have done what you’ll be doing on this trip: hauling concrete, building walls or other parts of schools and meeting the children who will study in the school when it’s done.
While you are in Peru become a Foodie. From the coast to the capital, from the highlands to the jungle, young chefs are creating some of the most exciting – and tasty – dishes on the planet. Lima is considered the culinary capital of Latin America. Foodies from around the world flock to experience fabulous cuisines.
Explore Machu Picchu, it is a wealth of interesting sights and one can literally spend hours wandering from marvel to marvel, getting lost in a city of wonders. In a spectacular location, it’s the most famous archaeological site on the continent, a must if you are in Peru.
Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a local hotel that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The cost of each trip varies for each country, and the approximate cost of this trip is displayed at the top of the page. All costs will be finalized closer to the departure date. This cost is the in-country cost, including accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to our Host Partner in their respective country. It does not include airfare. The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet. You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.
Joshua Molsberry Is the Executive Director of Developing World Connections (DWC). He holds a Master’s degree in international development from the University of East Anglia in the UK. He has worked in the field of international development and volunteering for 15 years.Now based in Kamloops, BC, Joshua oversees DWC’s operations and spearheads its project development and corporate partnership initiatives. He has an amazingly supportive wife, whom he has dragged all over the world, and three beautiful children to which he attributes his increasingly grey hair.
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